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From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness

From preschool through high school: 24 great books that show empathy, kindness | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Amazing reads to share with your kids (of all ages).
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The Silicon Valley Suicides

The Silicon Valley Suicides | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?
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Mom's Plea: Please Don't Help My Kids

Mom's Plea: Please Don't Help My Kids | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
I am not sitting here, 15 whole feet away from my kids, because I am too lazy to get up and help them climb the ladder. I brought them here.
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The Touch-Screen Generation

The Touch-Screen Generation | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Young children—even toddlers—are spending more and more time with digital technology. What will it mean for their development?
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The Four Letter Words I'm Teaching My Son

The Four Letter Words I'm Teaching My Son | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
As the mother of a son, and as a woman who has seen the good and bad sides of men, I have a responsibility to teach my son what it means to be a good man. And I am fortunate that I have a husband who sets an excellent example, as well.
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I don’t buy into the “Boys Will Be Boys” mentality. Boys must be taught to be kind and loving and helpful. We don’t have to assume that boys have impulses they can’t control, or that boys will fight and hit each other, or that boys are going to run wild. If we expect better, they will be better.

 

The problem with “boys will be boys” is that it lets them off the hook. And we are all on the hook for our own behavior; accepting that boys can get away with certain behaviors because that’s how it has always been is not acceptable.

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Why Aren't American Moms Talking About Motherhood To Each Other?

Why Aren't American Moms Talking About Motherhood To Each Other? | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Why are American mothers giving each other the silent treatment? Why it took an international trip to get me talking about motherhood with other mothers.
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Why French Parents Are Superior

Why French Parents Are Superior | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
While Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying "non" with authority. Adapted from "Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting."
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Teaching children patience and self-soothing.

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25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How Was School Today

25 Ways To Ask Your Kids How Was School Today | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
25 Ways to Ask Your Kids How Was School Today without asking "How Was School Today?"
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Why Are America's Postpartum Practices So Rough On New Mothers?

Why Are America's Postpartum Practices So Rough On New Mothers? | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Why are America’s postpartum practices so rough on new mothers, when most cultures allow for an extended period of pampering and rest?
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The day I left my son in the car

The day I left my son in the car | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
I made a split-second decision to run into the store. I had no idea it would consume the next years of my life
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Tips for raising well-rounded girls in a princess dominated world | PBS NewsHour

Tips for raising well-rounded girls in a princess dominated world | PBS NewsHour | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Peggy Orenstein, author of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Frontlines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture,” shares tips for parents of girlie-girls and non-girlie-girls on how to approach the princess culture while raising healthy, confident daughters. Continue reading →
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Not "thought-provoking" per se, but rather handy tips.

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I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical

I'm Done Making My Kid's Childhood Magical | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Do we want to teach our children that the magic of life is something that comes beautifully gift-wrapped -- or that magic is something you discover on your own?...
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Article: Parenting-with-a-Silver-Spoon

Article: Parenting-with-a-Silver-Spoon | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it

More Than Money Magazine. Co-founders Anne and Christopher Ellinger have continued their work on money and values through Bolder Giving.

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How to raise financially responsible kids.

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Community Post: 13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others

Community Post: 13 Children's Books That Encourage Kindness Towards Others | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Kindness is one of the most important character traits, but sometimes kids need an extra reminder about the best ways to be kind t
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The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am

The More I Learn About Breast Milk, the More Amazed I Am | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
To produce breast milk, mothers melt their own body fat. Are you with me? We literally dissolve parts of ourselves, starting with gluteal-femoral fat, aka our butts, and turn it into liquid to feed our babies. Before and after giving birth to my daughter 10 months ago, I was inundated with urgent directives from well-meaning, very insistent health practitioners, parenting book authors, mommy bloggers, journalists, and opinionated strangers that "breast is best." The message was...
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4 Things Your Children Absolutely Do Not Need (and What to Give Them Instead) - For Every Mom

4 Things Your Children Absolutely Do Not Need (and What to Give Them Instead) - For Every Mom | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
There's a big difference between what current pop culture says we need to give our children and what they actually need, and we kinda love this clarification.
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Teaching Children Empathy

Teaching Children Empathy | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Empathy isn’t just taking another perspective. Con men can do that. In order to be empathetic, children need to know how to value, respect and understand another person’s points of view, even when they don’t agree.
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Why trying to make our kids happy can backfire - CNN.com

Why trying to make our kids happy can backfire  - CNN.com | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
We parents often have the best intentions but our full-throttle pursuit of our kids' happiness is not exactly helping them live happy lives.
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It is not a parent's job to shield their children from feel discomfort and disappointment. Rather, it is to teach them to be resilient in the face of difficulty. Help them discover what makes them happy (not what Mom or Dad or society expects, but what they want themselves).

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Clever produce snacks can turn a school bake sale into an UnBake Sale

Clever produce snacks can turn a school bake sale into an UnBake Sale | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Many a parent has quietly — or not so quietly — bemoaned the school bake sale. There's the baking or the buying, for starters, and then the kids scarf down doughnuts or cupcakes that are not the most healthful snacks.
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30 Principles That Turn Good Kids Into Good Adults

30 Principles That Turn Good Kids Into Good Adults | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
It has been my desire to raise my children to be adults, not kids. Following are 30 principles we have tried to rely on in our family in our attempt to reach that goal....
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The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression. 
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Today's students are trained to do what's expected of them and meet expectations set by others, but are not encouraged to reflect on what expectations they might set for themselves, their life purpose, path, etc.

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A British Nanny's 5 Reasons Why Modern Parenting Is In Crisis

A British Nanny's 5 Reasons Why Modern Parenting Is In Crisis | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
I've worked with children and their parents across two continents and two decades, and what I've seen in recent years alarms me. Here are the greatest problems, as I see them....
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35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget

35 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
What type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever?
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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually experience struggling with something just outside their reach.
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The Myth of Working Your Way Through College

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College | Thought-Provoking Parenting Articles | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student's annual tuition is equivalent to 991 hours behind the counter.  
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